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Basic Policy of Sustainability

Basic Policy of Sustainability

The HDS Group’s mission is to contribute to technological innovation through business in order to help solve various social issues and improve society.
In fulfilling this mission, we base our management philosophy on four pillars: 1) Respect for the individual, 2) a company with purpose, 3) coexistence and co-prosperity, and 4) contribution to society.
This management philosophy was created in early days of HDS and has been passed down from generation to generation as the corporate culture of the Group.

In 2020, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our founding.
Looking back at the HDS Group’s history, sales of reducers for industrial robots increased in the 1980s as robots were used for welding and painting on automobile production lines. Then, as IT became more widespread in the 1990s and beyond, sales of reducers for semiconductor production equipment and flat panel display (FPD) production equipment increased. Thus, a close relationship developed between technological innovation in society and the expansion of applications for the HDS Group’s products. Currently, many of our products are also being used in advanced medical care, collaborative robots, service robots, aerospace, and mobility applications.
In short, the HDS Group has grown as its products have been utilized in technological innovation aimed at solving the problems facing our society.

For this reason, we believe that our management philosophy is the foundation of our sustainability efforts, and that our corporate activities themselves contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.

Based on this management philosophy, we have established a Charter of Conduct, which sets forth the basic rules that all employees of the HDS Group must observe in order to ensure compliance with laws and regulations, conduct business ethically, and preserve harmony with various stakeholders, including employees and their families, customers, shareholders, investors, business partners, and local communities.

In addition to addressing environmental, social, and governance issues based on the implementation of our management philosophy and Charter of Conduct, we believe that the HDS Group’s sustainability hinges on contributing to the realization of a sustainable society by resolving social issues through the pursuit of “total motion control” through our business.

Management Philosophy

Management Philosophy

Akira Nagai, President and CEO

Harmonic Drive Systems Inc. (HDSI) conducts management based on the following management philosophy.

1. Respect for the Individual
HDSI aspires to be a company where the rights of every individual employee are respected, and where individuals can pursue a meaningful, cultural, and worthwhile life.
We will make HDSI a company that believes in each employee's aspirations, supports independent activities, creates an environment where employees can maximize their abilities through work, and where abilities and performance are rewarded.
2. A Meaningful Company
HDSI wants to be recognized as a meaningful, superior company which manifests creativity, has personality and distinctive characteristics, and whose management foundation is based on ceaseless research and development activities and a constant emphasis on quality—a company where the entire organization finds meaning in making utmost efforts.
3. Coexistence and Co-prosperity
HDSI is supported by many different parties including our employees, customers, shareholders, materials and parts suppliers, affiliated companies and trading partners.
We make our best efforts to create attractive products, services, compensation, working environments, and trading relations to satisfy all these concerned parties.
4. Contribution to Society
HDSI broadly contributes to society and industry through our corporate activities as a good corporate citizen. The products and services we provide directly and indirectly contribute to the betterment of society. We aspire to be a company that helps to improve the environment and the quality of the communities where we are located.

Charter of Corporate Behavior

Charter of Corporate Behavior

Harmonic Drive Systems Inc. is committed to pursuing profits by means of corporate activities based in fair and proper competition and to achieving harmony with society.

Basic Stance
  1. Aware of our corporate responsibility to society, we pledge to act in accordance with laws, regulations, social norms, and corporate ethics.
  2. We will provide employees with the opportunities and workplace environment for their self-realization and will support the demonstration of their abilities and self-motivated activities.
  3. We will work to protect the global environment as members of the community, and will respect the culture and customs of society, and contribute to the development of society.
  4. We will respect the human rights of everyone working in our company.
  5. We endeavor to ensure that all the people working in the company understand and put into practice this Charter of Corporate Behavior and the Harmonic Drive Systems Inc. Code of Conduct.
Fair and Proper Conduct of Corporate Activities
  1. We pledge to carry on transparent and fair business transactions and to observe export restrictions, the Antimonopoly Act, and all other laws and regulations relating to commerce.
  2. We will strictly manage the corporate information obtained in the course of business and the personal information we hold, not using these for illicit gain. In the handling of this information we will manage and act so as not to cause harm to related parties including our company and individuals.
  3. We will endeavor to manage and protect all kinds of intellectual property and respect intellectual property rights.
  4. We will stand firm in our commitment never to compromise in any way with the demands of antisocial forces.
Risk Management and Crisis Readiness
  1. We will always remain on the alert for risks that might occur in our business activities. Viewing as a crisis any situation, including natural disasters, having a major adverse effect on our corporate management, we will exert every effort to deal with these when they happen, placing the highest priority on respect for human life.
  2. Everyone working in our company has the duty to report promptly and accurately any kind of information they learn that may lead to risk or crisis. Making use of exception reporting procedures as the situation demands, we will deal with each risk and crisis.
  3. Everyone working in our company will, in dealing with a risk or crisis, act in compliance with the Risk Management: Code of Conduct in a Crisis prescribed separately.

June 21, 2013
Akira Nagai, President and CEO
Harmonic Drive Systems Inc.

As part of our approach to Sustainability promotion, we have also drawn up Code of Conduct as a more specific statement of our Charter of Corporate Behavior, as well as a set of procedures to follow in a crisis, Risk Management: Code of Conduct in a Crisis.